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    worldavia
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    For my recent presentation to a ‘novice’ group of professionals, I would like to include some stats/demographics on number of six sigma professionals in U.S or Worldwide. I am wondering if there is any source that keeps stats on number of ‘practicing’ Six Sigma Professionals in U.S and/or other regions of the world? (For example: there are 1500 BlackBelts, 2500 Green belts in US/worldwide etc)
    Any assistance would eb highly appreciated.
    Regards,
    Ricky 

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    #165105

    qualitycolorado
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    WorldAvia, Good afternoon!
     
    I have not seen statistics like this. 
     
    Since each organization which”certifies” Black Belts, Green Belts, etc. uses its own criteria for certification, it is a bit like combining apples and oranges  (since there is considerable variation among organizations).
     
    You could get a partial count by contacting an organization like the American Society for Quality (ASQ) and finding out how many people they have “certified”, but it will only be partial, and it would only include the people who have applied to ASQ for certification. And, as you will notice from other postings about this topic, there are some people who have some heartburn regarding how ASQ certifies Black Belts and Green Belts.
     
    I know that this does not seem very helpful, but given the variation in ceritification practices, your question is almost impossible to answer.
     
    Best regards,
    QualityColorado
     
     

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    #165106

    Ward
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    Another thought is to try to identify organizations that have embraced Six Sigma (another touch challenge) and than use the estimate of around 2% Black Belt certified. That will is a very rough estimate, because of the constant churn of Black Belts.

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    #165107

    Mikel
    Member

    Following on QC’s observation.
    I suspect the nmber of real SS professionals out there are less than 100. There are over 100,000 with mediocre training that think they have the new holy grail that are working in what used to be called Quality Engineering.

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    #165111

    BC
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    Stan,
    I’d sincerely like to hear your operational definition of a Six Sigma Professional.  From your own mouth…er…fingers.  Then we can start counting.
    Thanks and cheers,
    BC

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    #165113

    Probability
    Participant

    So the probability of Stan being a “real Six Sigma professional” is about 0.1%. That sounds about right.

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    #165125

    Mikel
    Member

    Sure.
    I think the term Six Sigma professional is analogous to the term “one trick pony”.
    What we call Black Belts is meant to be a right of passage to go back into the organization to be a better conributor based on the 18 – 24 month experience.
    The people who stay longer than the 18 -24 month period should be the learners and teachers to the masses and have a much deeper knowledge than what is required to teach BB and GB. They will have a functioning knowledge of Lean, Taguchi, Shainin. They will have read Shewhart, Deming, Feigenbaum, Collins, Womack, Hiassen, Hall, Friedman and had meaningful conversation with others who have done the same to deepen their knowledge.
    They should be able to pass the ASQ CSSBB, CQE, and CRE with one reference book for each.
    I know about 10 who could do this and I figure I know about 10% of those who could qualify. None of these folks would call themselves Six Sigma professionals because they know there is so much more needed.
    I personally laugh everytime I see someone seeking advice about this as a career path, it’s just a passing fancy and if you wish to remain viable, you use the time to start learning. And those doing dissertations on Six Sigma – shows the mediocraty of some PhD programs.
    The other end of this spectrum is best characterized by former contributors such as Steven B – he boasted to have taught DFSS and he did not know the most basic of terms used in design.

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    #165154

    worldavia
    Member

    Thanks for your response, QualityColorado et al.
    After reviewing the wonderful responses here, I think the question was way to broad to answer. My apologies as I did not realize that until today there is no single professional body or authority that certifies Six Sigma qualifications. The concept seems to be still in its infancy in Non-US countries, and you’are right-In U.S, I think there cant be any better source than ASQ. If at all I hear back something on this from them, I would definitely share with all of you.
    Many thanks for valuable input.
    Sincere Regards,
    Ricky
     

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    #165169

    BC
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    Thanks Stan.  I’m glad to hear the emphasis on knowledge and not just X number of projects generating $Y savings (even though that’s the whole purpose of the program, isn’t it?).

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    #165186

    Jaybee
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    W.A
     
    “The concept seems to be still in its infancy in Non-US countries”
    incorrect on many accounts, the main one being that most of the ‘founding’ organisations of 6S are multinationals & as such their ‘concept’ crept out of the US & touched on most of their non-US facilities / plants etc.
    moreover, it has to be remembered that the quantitative tools within the DMAIC methodolody have been around (worldwide, not just in the US) a hell of a lot longer than Six Sigma has been.
     
    getting back to your original question though, it has basically been answered & there is no definitive answer as its horses for courses within organisations & across organisations & not to mention the amount of shysters passing themselves off as “expert consultants” who will certify all & sundry for the smell of a greenback.
     
    JayBee

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    #165193

    Brandon
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    Isn’t it amzing that so many on this site consider “other training firms” to be imadequate and money hungry? Amazing that those same firms have likely been in business 10+ years. Wow, they’re good at fooling people!!

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    #165203

    Van Kim Ban
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    Yes

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